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A Measure of Quality of Life in Elderly Tourists


  • Eunju Woo

    () (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)

  • Hyelin Kim

    () (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)

  • Muzaffer Uysal

    () (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University)


Abstract This research enriches our knowledge of the tourist market in relation to the elderly, i.e., those age 65 and older and retired. The purpose of the research is to explore the missing link between travel behaviors of the elderly and how they contribute to Quality of Life (QoL). As a result, this study clarifies elderly tourist motivation and also aims to examine the relationship among motivation, constraints, leisure-life domain satisfaction, and overall life satisfaction by generating theoretical and practical implications related to those behaviors. Using a structural equation modeling approach, the research model identifies the relevant relationships among the constructs. The results reveal that motivation positively influences satisfaction with leisure-life domain. However, travel constraints do not affect leisure-life domain satisfaction. In addition, satisfaction with leisure-life domain is linked to overall life satisfaction among the elderly.

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  • Eunju Woo & Hyelin Kim & Muzaffer Uysal, 2016. "A Measure of Quality of Life in Elderly Tourists," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(1), pages 65-82, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ariqol:v:11:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s11482-014-9355-x
    DOI: 10.1007/s11482-014-9355-x

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